According to Mark Dvoretsky the analysis of one’s own games is the main means of self-improvement. In Secrets of Chess Training Dvoretsky offers the following guidelines:
- Find the turning points – Decide where mistakes were made, where the evaluation of the position changed or an opportunity was missed.
- Seek the reasons for your own mistakes – The objective realization of your own weaknesses is a necessary first step in the work of correcting them.
- Seek new possibilities, which you did not notice during the game.
- Ponder over the opening stage – Approach the problems you faced during the opening to increase your knowledge and outline new plans.